Befriending and Welcome projects come in different forms but are essentially a way of providing a friendly face and a smile to someone who may be feeling anxious or isolated.
In Loughborough, friendly volunteers offer information, food vouchers and a chat when people report at East Midlands Immigration Enforcement Centre.
In Leeds, asylum seekers newly dispersed to the city are matched with a volunteer who shows them round their local area and introduces them to services that may be useful to them.
Mentoring projects offer another way that sanctuary seekers can make connections in their communities. Mentors across the country help sanctuary seekers with career goals.
Getting orientated at Urban House in Wakefield
Volunteers at Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield created a map to help residents get orientated with where they were being dispersed to!